Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Josephinum Medical Museum

  • Anatomica: The exquisite and unsettling art of human anatomy

    Arpan K. Banerjee Solihull, United Kingdom   Cover of Anatomica: The Exquisite and Unsettling Art of Human Anatomy by Joanna Ebenstein. The first known anatomy book was written around 300 BC by Diocles, a Greek philosopher and physician who based his work on animal dissections. Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani corpori Fabrica from 1543 was the…

  • Bloodletting with leeches: More dangerous than meeting Dracula

    Seidumanova Sabrina Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan   Since time immemorial physicians have treated patients by removing various amounts of blood from the circulatory system. For this purpose they used objects that could cut the skin, such as sharpened pieces of wood, stones, teeth of wild animals, or even the feathers of birds. These tools changed over time,…